Elen Sentier
Elen Sentier

Elen grew up in the old ways of Britain through her family and the elders of the villages where she lived. Her mother was a witch from the Isle of Man, and her father a somewhat reluctant shaman and engineer. Many times she sat all night with her father and uncle under a tree watching foxes and dormice, weasels and rabbits, badgers and hunting owls, and all the other night denizens of the wild woods. She grew up in an environment full of everyday magic and explored all sorts of magical paths.

She comes from a long family lineage in the British native tradition and lived her early childhood years on Dartmoor learning the old ways from her father, uncles, aunts and neighbours. Her dad was an engineer and amateur historian-cum-archaeologist, he took her all over the moor playing and telling her the stories of the wonderful ancient places on the moor. One of her uncles was a woodsman, he could call a wild falcon down to his fist or sit with an adder twined around his wrist. Another uncle was a smallholder, he would carry a ball of swarmed bees in his bare hands.

When she was eight years old her dad's engineering job moved him from south to north Devon so Elen came to live on the edge of Exmoor. As well as her dad and other relations their next-door neighbour was the village midwife and healer who also did the laying out of the dead. Elen learned herb lore, healing and lyke-lore (the ways of the dead) from her. Her aunt owned the village sacred well, and others in the village who walked the old path took her to participate in the old seasonal rituals, like the Night of the Mothers and calling the land spirits with the harness-bells before ploughing. Ploughing continued in the village up to the late 1960s.

Her mother's mother was a witch from the Isle of Mann. Her dad's family were connected with Annie Besant, Rudolf Steiner, and with the Theosophical Society through her grandmother's cousin, Ursula Bright. Ursula bought the Benares Centre for the Society and Ursula's daughter, Esther, was the close friend of Annie Besant.

Elen studied dance, drama and art at university but decided she wasn't good enough to make a career out of it so she went on to work for the MOD, first as a finance officer and then as a computer engineer and software designer. In her spare time she continued dancing ... working as a demonstrator for a friend who taught for Arlene Phillips at the London Pineapple. After a successful twenty-year career with the MOD she changed horses to train as a transpersonal psychotherapist with Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers, she then developed a flourishing practice in London specialising in dream-work.

Elen has walked the shaman path all her life and made many friends including C Maxwell Cade, Rose Gladden, Colin Bloy, Paul Devereux, Michael Poynder, Tom Graves, Hamish Miller, Vicky Wall, Theo Gimbel, Lilla Bek, Caitlin and John Matthews, June Kent, Suzi Crockford, Ros Simons. She also studied Alice Bailey's work for seven years and found it very valuable. Elen never stops learning with the land, the spirits of place and otherworld as well as with people. There is always more to learn ... our pre-historic ancestors were quite amazingly knowing, knowledgeable and refined people and gave us wonderful ways which we can rediscover if we wish. As she says, there just aren't enough hours in the day to fit everything in!


Books by Elen Sentier

Shaman Pathways - The Celtic Chakras

Jan 2013

Tread the British native shaman’s path, explore the goddess hidden in the ancient stories; walk the Celtic chakra spiral labyrinth.

Shaman Pathways - Elen of the Ways

British Shamanism - Following the Deer Trods

Jul 2013

British shamanism has largely been forgotten: the reindeer goddess of the ancient Boreal forest is shrouded in mystery...follow her deer-trods to rediscover her old ways.

Shaman Pathways - Trees of the Goddess

a new way of working with the Ogham

Jul 2014

Work with the Trees of the Goddess and the old ways of Britain.

Moon Song

Feb 2015

Tristan died too soon, Isoldé must bring him back to finish his job … write the Moon Song.

Shaman Pathways - Following the Deer Trods

A practical guide to working with Elen of the Ways

Jan 2015

British native shamanism

Gardening with the Moon & Stars

May 2015

Organics with Ooomph!

Pagan Portals - Merlin: Once and Future Wizard

Dec 2016

A very personal look at Merlin.

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